I often wake up with a song in my head. I used to think it was just the radio alarm, my brain picking up a measure or two that blared into my left ear before I hit the off button so as not to wake my later-sleeping husband.
Then I noticed that a song was often present between my ears even when it was a DJ's voice waking me up.
One summer, I started keeping track, writing the songs down. I did this for almost a month. I would search for connections between the songs and snippets of dreams I might remember, or what was happening the day before or on my current agenda. Sometimes I could tease out the reason for the song, sometimes not.
I will say that I do have a knack for remembering songs from the 60s through the 90s. I like to play "Name That Tune" while listening to the radio. I tease my children by saying that when I'm in the old folks' home, I may not remember their names, but I'll be belting out "Delta Dawn" or "Breathe (2am)" or Don McLean's "American Pie". I might even embarrass them with some Metallica or Iron Maiden tunes; my voice may be appropriately raspy by then.
But I digress...back to the topic of morning songs. Today's tune? The chorus to Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain".